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Taiwan confirms 6 new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

04/03/2021 05:33 PM

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday confirmed six new imported cases of COVID-19, all Filipino and Indonesian nationals who arrived recently in the country to work, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The three from the Philippines were female migrant workers in their 20s and 30s and had all presented negative COVID-19 tests before boarding their flights to Taiwan, the CECC said.

One of them, who arrived in Taiwan on March 10, tested negative on March 23 before the end of her mandatory 14-day quarantine and, in keeping to Taiwan's COVID-19 protocols, she was asked to observe self-health management for seven days, the CECC said.

On April 1, however, she was tested again, as required by her employer, and the result on Saturday showed that she was infected with COVID-19, the CECC said.

In the cases of the other women from the Philippines, who arrived in Taiwan on March 19, their tests on April 1 near the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine came back positive on Saturday, according to the CECC.

It said the three women have been asymptomatic so far and that contact tracing was not necessary, as everyone who had come into contact with them was well protected.

Meanwhile, the other three cases were Indonesian fishermen in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who began their mandatory 14-day quarantine on March 13 after arriving in Taiwan on a boat, the CECC said.

After completing their mandatory quarantine at a designated facility, they each took a self-paid COVID-19 test on April 1 during their self-health management period, and the results on Saturday showed they were infected with COVID-19, the center said.

A total of 49 people who had come into contact with the three fishermen have been contacted, and two have been placed in home quarantine, while the others have been asked to observe self-health management protocols because they were properly protected during their encounters with the fishermen, according to the CECC.

To date, Taiwan has recorded 1,045 cases of COVID-19, 929 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 992 patients have recovered, 10 have died and 43 are in hospital, CECC data shows.

(By Ko Lin)

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